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Come out and wave Japanese flags for PM Abe, public told

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Wave a Japanese flag for the arrival of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Presidential Communications Operations Sec. Jose Ruperto Martin Andanar advised the public to show their support and hospitality to Abe who is scheduled to arrive today (Jan. 12, 2017) for a two-day visit in Manila and Davao cities.

He urged the people where Abe’s convoy will pass from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay to the Malacanang Palace in Manila to improvised for the creation of the Japan flag and wave them.

” Well, darating po ngayong araw na ito si Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. At kung kayo po ay—for example, kung kayo po ay nakatira malapit sa Malacañang or sa airport, let’s show our support to the President and, of course, to the Japanese Prime Minister. And Japan, as one of our strategic allies pagdatings a economy at pagdating diyan sa lahat ng aspeto ng sting buhay,” Andanar said.

“If you can go out, bring a Japanese flag, a Philippine flag and wave it pagdaan po ni Prime Minister Shinzo Abe,” he said.

Andanar recalled how President Duterte was “very warmly welcomed” during last year’s visit in Tokyo.

“And one way to show our appreciation sa lahat po ng tulong ng Japan sa atin dahil ang Japan po ang may pinakamalaking investment po sa bansa natin, taun-taon po iyan, iyong JICA. Let’s show our appreciation and best foot forward tayo, and let’s show the Prime Minister why our country is one of the fastest growing economies in the world,” he said. JICA is the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

President Duterte will lead the formal welcoming ceremony at the Palace grounds at around 3:30p.m. for the Prime Minister.

Abe will be asked to sign the guest book at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room before the signing of agreements, and issuance of joint statements to be followed by the state dinner hosted by the President later this evening. Abe is set to fly to Davao for the second leg of his visit, Malacanang officials said.